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i think that this was happening behind the scenes. he wasn't showing this part of himself at work because i know if he would have been, my husband would have had something to say. >> reporter: emotional to talk with so many of these families of the victims. many of the 14 victims knew syed farook fairly well. they were his co-workers. in fact, it was their tips that led inspectors and law enforcement officials to farook's house in nearby redlands. really his co-workers were instrumental in the law enforcement tracking him down just a couple of miles away. another victim, his name michael w wetzel, a father of six. if you go on the internet right now, go online, see a fund-raising page already set up for michael wetzel launched for his wife and six children. it's already raised more than $100,000. wetzel was a supervising environmental health specialist for san bernardino county. now, as for the suspects, syed farook and wife tashfeen malik,
we were at their home a few miles away in redlands. it was an eery scene. we talked to some of the neighbors. they said they saw the couple and their 6-month-old and said syed farook was a regular at a local deli. he was blended in just fine, he was an american citizen but obviously there was a lot more going on in this life. we have a dmv photo we obtained also today after syed farook. he was born in the united states to a pakistani family. his wife tashfeen malik came to the u.s. last year with a pakistani passport and a fiancee visa. if you're familiar with this it's called a k-1 visa. authorities tell us, nbc news, that farook appeared to have been radicalized. they say he'd been in touch with people in the l.a. area who've expressed jihadist oriented views. intelligence sources also telling us farook appeared to be communicating with people overseas who are persons of interest to u.s. authorities. they say the couple targeted that holiday christmas party for his co-workers and they
unleashed that attack. >> we do not know why, we don't know if this was the intended target or if there was something that triggered him to do this immediately. we just don't know. >> reporter: now, authorities say farook and malik had two assault rifles and two semiautomatic handguns. they were legally purchased and registered here in the united states. now, investigators say they also had more than 3,000 rounds of ammunition at their home. they also found 12 pipe bombs and bomb-making material. so there was a lot to digest here in these last 30 hours. obviously the investigation, but more importantly, the human side of this in terms of the people affected. now, just a short distance from here was the location of the shootout. we have multiple people here on scene with us. nbc bay area's peggy bunker is with us in san bernardino, and so is nbc bay area's cheryl
hurd. this vigil is set to start at 6:00 p.m. i know you're inside. what do you have? >> reporter: as you know, raj, the doors are officially open. city officials expect the stadium to fill as they come to remember the dead and injured, they can't help think about the couple accused in this massacre. >> i remember it and many people in the community remember that night and that's what makes them feel sorry, i'm sorry for what has happened. >> reporter: the director of the islamic center of riverside says he knows syed farook well. he says he even aattended his wedding reception two years ago. he even remembers talking to him in january 2014. >> that's the last time i saw him. the last time i spoke to him. and it was just casual type of conversation, and he mentioned to me that, you know, he's doing
some government job. >> reporter: he says in 2013, farook took a pilgrimage to mecca. he said he planned to meet his fiancee he met online, tashfeen malik. peaceful and devout, no one we talked to believe he was capable of killing 14 people and injuring 21. they're shedding light on his recent marriage. >> came into the u.s. in july of 2014, since had a baby together. he's a u.s. person. she's still here on a k-1 visa. >> reporter: the fbi is not linking his personal life to the gun battle that ensued following the san bernardino massacre. not even his brother-in-law. >> i have no idea, why would he do that? why would he do something like this? i have absolutely no idea. i'm in shock, myself. >> reporter: court records indicate farook had a turbulent past. we'll have more on that coming up at 6:00. raj, back to you.
>> reporter: okay, cheryl, thank you. we mentioned there were three crime scenes. one at the health facility, one at the home where the couple lived and that third crime scene was the neighborhood where the couple was killed in that amazing and intense gun battle between police and the couple. you see the shot-out suv. our helicopter's overhead. we also have a lot of crews on the ground. let's bring in nbc bay area's peggy bunker who joins us from that location. i was out there this afternoon. it's eery because a lot of those people shut out of their homes. >> reporter: you know, that's interesting thing about this street here, raj. we're on san bernardino avenue. this is a major thoroughfare in town, a very, very busy road. it's been shut down for over 24 hours. this is the street where just yesterday police engaged in that vicious gun battle with two suspects, in fact if you look over my shoulder just a couple of blocks down, the suv remains. doors open. evidence scattered all around the suv. very much still an active investigation here scene as the car remains exactly in place.
but this street is also a residential street. full of families who sought refuge in their homes but ended up in the middle of violence instead. >> it happened right here. >> bullets were going everywhere. >> second round of shots was maybe, like, 50. >> reporter: they live on san bernardino avenue where the suspects' lives and run from police came to an end. jamie was rushing ohm from work to get her daughter from school. with the suspects shot dead on her street, she sat in traffic for three hours just trying to get home. >> everyone was terrified. no one could get home. frustration. it was crazy. >> reporter: angelic lives five houses from where the shooting took place. after hearing about the inland shooting she agreed to pick up her roommate who was also on lockdown at her job. >> she works at amazon. they put them on lockdown. she didn't want to be there. she was freaking out. i was like, i got to come get you. >> reporter: little did they know that their street would
become the least safe place to be. >> the other round that sounded like it was coming from machine guns, it was, like, 50, 60 rounds, bullets going everywhere. i hit the floor. i was panicking. like, my roommate was cries. i was shaking, like, thought it was the end. >> reporter: never shot cell phone video of police and police cars racing by. chasing the black suv that suspect syed farook and his wife tashfeen malik were driving. after police say they shot and killed 14 of farook's co-workers during a holiday party at the irc. >> we're terrified. my daughter couldn't sleep. she cried all night. it's scary. scary. >> reporter: for those that live in this quiet neighborhood, it doesn't make sense. >> it's senseless. senseless crime for no reason. >> reporter: now coming up at 6:00, we're going to talk to one neighbor who says she came face to face with syed farook. he came into her workplace mere months ago. we're going to hear about her impressions of him. what she thought of him when he stood right in front of her at
work. raj, that is coming up at 6:00. >> reporter: okay. we'll see you at 6:00. that's peggy bunker in southern california with us as well. unfortunately we've grown accustom to covering these mass shootings. the day of shooting we're in shock and so many people are. the following days, though, we learn more about the suspects and, of course, the victims. now president obama also speaking today from the white house about this latest massacre. >> i do think that as the investigation moves forward, it's going to be important for all of us, including our legislatures, to see what we can do to make sure that when individuals decide that day want to do somebody harm, we'll make it a little harder for them to do it. >> reporter: the president also reaffirming that american law enforcement around the country is well equipped to protect the nation, especially during this holiday season. okay. back here live now in bern snsa
bernardino at this ballpark. 6:00 this vigil begins. people strolling in early to get a spot in line. the american red cross is here. law enforcement is here as well. essentially the bottom line is what they want here, some peace, some prayer, and some reflection. janelle, we'll send it back to you. see you later on in this newscast. >> okay. we'll check back in a few minutes. thank you, raj. nbc news will continue its coverage at the bottom of the hour as well. lester holt is in san bernardino to anchor "nightly news" and that begins at 5:30. back here at home, you probably noticed a big change in the weather. rain and gusty winds swept through the bay area today. we want to show you views from our hd camera network. yes, heavy rain fell in all these places. san rafael, richmond, san jose. you can see the raindrops on the lens. the bay area getting a good soaking. chief meteorologist jeff ranieri joins us from the weather center. jeff, where are the storms now? >> the storm system is now starting to kick off toward the east. you can see that strong line of wet weather is now moving over the sierra producing some heavy snow. we still have some instability back behind the cold front and
right now that's producing some of the heaviest rainfall across the peninsula near san mateo, redwood city. that stronger cell is headed right toward hayward. by 5:20 tonight. that's going to keep the 880 corridor very slick if you're traveling over there the next 30 minutes, watch out for reduced visibility. in terms of rainfall totals, it was all about the north bay. check this out. over an inch. .049 in petluma. the top total coming in with .077. we're tracking another chance of rain by this weekend. i'll have details on that in about 15 minutes. >> okay. thank you, jeff. in more local news tonight, there are lots of questions after new video surfaces showing san francisco police opening fire on a suspect and killing him with a barrage of bullets. this is the follow-up to a story we first brought you last night. nbc bay area's christie smith is live in san francisco where some are questioning the necessity to shoot to kill, but christie,s police chief defending his officer's actions.
>> reporter: that's right. you know, people in the neigh r neighborhood tonight are frustrated and upset. they say this man did not have to be shot. the police chief says day tried a number of different options before it came to this. on the sidewalk in the bayview district where mario woods was shot by police, there are flower, candles, and frustration. >> we have a young man here with supposedly, allegedly some kind of pocket knife or butter knife or kitchen knife who now has found himself dead and no longer here with us. >> reporter: san francisco police said woods was suspected in a stabbing that he had what hayappeared to be a six to eight-inch knife. videos posted to social media show how it escalated as officers moved closer. the police chief says they used a number of tactics. >> the officers you can hear them yelling over and over again, drop the knife. they had enough time to get the bean bag gun there and deploy it as many times as they did. i really don't know how much more you can make it plain to a
wanted felon who had just stabbed somebody that we needed him to drop the knife. >> reporter: he looks like he takes steps then an officer moves toward his path. the camera jerks away as shots ring out. other videos posted online show a reverse angle. >> well, i've already spoken to the chief and there will be a thorough and transparent investigation. >> i thought it was shocking. >> reporter: records show that woods has prior convictions. public defender jeff adochi says the past isn't relevant, the key is the danger posed at the time. >> there's no indication he's lunging at the officers or trying to hurt or kill anyone. >> reporter: now, we're told that five officers are on leave right now after the shooting. the police chief is saying he hopes to see more video of what led up to the shooting. reporting live in san francisco, christie smith, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, christie. still to come at 5:00,
vigil is about to begin at 6:00. a vigil to honor the victims of yesterday's mass shooting here in san bernardino. we do have new information we want to kind of get you updated on what's happening here. it's been about 30 hours since this massacre. the suspect who was killed yesterday in that gun battle, syed rizwan farook, atf agents are stilling nbc bay area they had so much ammunition that they were really prepared for a, quote, mini war, and they also found 12 pipe bombs in their apartment in the nearby city of redlands. so that was the new information being confirmed as of today. keep in mind, that is still an active crime scene. their apartment in redlands, there's also an active crime scene of where the two suspects were killed in the shootout and, of course, the original crime scene of that health facility which is here in san bernardino. interesting note here, there are also reports and there have been confirmed that the suspect's brother is a decorated nave sy i veteran. he served in the navy from 2003
to 2007. among the many medals that he received, one of them the national defense service medal. another medal, the global war on terrorism service medal. so that is the suspect's brother who is a decorated navy veteran. now, among the 14 victims here, we're getting all the names of them and all the personal stories that are so difficult to digest. daniel kaufman 42 years old ran the coffee shop in the inland regional center. his brother received reports yesterday kaufman survived the shooting. unfortunately, though, they learned today that wasn't the case. >> they were saying there's a bomb, five kids in the house, ten kids total in the house and it's like we're not allowed to go in our own house. kids were there with my sick mom. wouldn't let her in. my sister has seizures, wouldn't let her in. it's ridiculous, but something we have to deal with.
>> reporter: that's one of the families we spoke with in the neighborhood right where the suspect shootout was. the streets have been blocked off. peggy bunker, our colleague was there. those are the families that just are now a couple hours ago were allowed to return to their homes. they have their kids, their families with them. last night they didn't have any idea what to do. now they're finally being returned into their home. it's a lot still developing. this all happened yesterday. there's still so many wheels in motion so to speak here. ultimately, though, tonight this vigil here at the ballpark. janelle, let's send it back to you. more importantly, also we'll have more reports at 6:00. >> yes, it will be a night of mourning. raj, see you at 6:00. we're going to continue the follow the developments in san bernardino. the latest online, on our website, nbcbayarea.com. we also have the latest on our nbc bay area app. today a reminder of what's to come. rain soaking the bay area. it's predicted that it will be one of the wettest winters on record. in walnut creek today, officials and volunteers ran emergency
preparedness exercises to practice handling large-scale flooding and mudslides. city officials are urging residents to clear out debris, clean out firewood around their homes to protect their properties from large-scale flooding and mudslides. and we should all get prepared, more rain is on the way. let's get a check of our forecast with chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. >> not only the storm system we're dealing with tonight, but also another storm system as we head throughout next week. as we get a look at the doppler radar and satellite view, the cold front now moved off toward the east. still enough instability back behind this that we will see showers continue over the next three to possibly ten hours. rainfall totals today, .015 to about a half inch on average. my max total coming in with 77 hun .077. tomorrow morning, instability left behind will bring us spotty showers in the north bay, east bay and toward the south bay. temperatures beginning in the 40s. so let's take you to the pinpoint frorecast with the future cast. see, again, 11:30 tonight the
likelihood of hit and miss tonight. that will continue through about 7:30 in the morning. nothing major, but likely the north bay having the best chance here from calistoga to point rays, also contra costa county, walnut creek, lafayette. can't rule out a spotty shower for the morning commute toward san jose as we mentioned as well. as we progress through the day, we'll begin to clear out and should have sunnier skies coming our way. i do want to highlight that this weekend we have another chance of some wet weather coming our way and that is by sunday. not a big storm system, but it looks like, you know, we should get some rolling in here by 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00 beginning in the north bay first and gradually moving on down to the south bay. so let's go ahead and take you to the microclimate forecast as we head throughout friday, and, again, increased sunshine for tomorrow. temperatures not budging too much, warming up just a couple degrees. jacket weather still in place in san jose with 60 degrees. for the peninsula, sunny skies and 62 in palo alto. stays in the 50s across san francisco. north bay, east bay and also for the tri valley, beautiful day in
livermore with 61 degrees. also looking the same in walnut creek with a little bit more sunshine coming your way. right over toward napa, we'll have 61 as well. as we head throw this upcoming weekend, we keep temperatures below average. upper 50s and low 60s with the rainfall chance returning by sunday. by the way, if you're heading up to the sierra, we will have picked up 4 to 7 inches with that latest storm. that makes our six-week snow total 4 to 7 feet. like how that looks, janelle. >> yeah, so do the skiers. thanks, jeff. fishermen from up and down the california coast hoping for an update on the future of this year's crab season. the latest word from health officials on when local crab could be back on the menus. rosa: fishermen, from up and
down the state, discuss the crab happening right now in santa rosa, fishermen from up and down the state are discussing the crab crisis. latest tests show crabs in many parts of the state are are still showing high levels of that dangerous toxin produced by an algae bloom. fishermen are talking about possibly calling off the entire crab season or opening it region by region as the situation improves. test results have to come back clean for two weeks in a row for crabs in a particular region are declared safe to eat. locking up the guns.
first san francisco, now oakland is considering a new gun storage mandate. the proposal follows our investigative unit report on lost and stolen police guns. our team of investigators uncovered hundreds of unaccounted for police weapons, and more than a million guns stolen from regular citizens nationwide. after our story aired, san francisco proposed stricter storage guidelines, and today, two oakland council members from posed an ordinance requiring all gunowners to secure weapons at home and in their vehicles. it might be raining now but experts say california is still facing a record drought. one that el nino won't fix. that's why senior investigative reporter steven stock spent the last four months asking how california might solve this crisis. he joins us now with the latest in a serious of reports on california's drought. stephen? >> yeah, janelle, it's hard to talk about knowing all this rain is coming but it affects every man, woman and child living here in california. in order to catch up from our current water deficit in the state it would have to rain 1
inch or more every day on san francisco and oakland for more than 13 years straight. but there are solutions to fixing this problem that don't relay on more rain and more snow. tonight we will take the results of our investigation to sacramento to california's top water official. the chairwoman of the state water resources control board, to find out what she and governor jerry brown are going to do about this water crisis. are we really ready or need to do more, do we need to accelerate this? >> i think we need to accelerate but need to show the voters we can spend this money wisely. >> do we still need a change when it comes to how we govern water in this state? >> people are almost so adept at fighting with each other over water it's hard to stop and figure out how way condition get better together. >> why hasn't california done this heretofore? are we behind the curve? find out what her answer to that question is as well as for calls for action from other policy groups to change things. in light of our investigation, all coming up tonight at 11:00
bear tonight at 6:00 we have continuing coverage of the deadly massacre in san bernardino. we want to share a live picture right now of the vigil that's set to take place at san manuel stadium in san bernardino. 4,000 people are expexed to come honor the victims. the vigil begins in about 30 minutes from now at 6:00 p.m. city leaders are scheduled to speak and they're going to honor and remember the 14 lives lost in yesterday's shooting massacre. they were killed by a husband and wife. the city leaders will also say thanks to the first responders who put their lives on the line yesterday. the heroes. meantime, we're learning new details about the suspects, their possible connection to terrorism, and the cache of weapons and explosives they had in their car. and their home. raj mathai and a team of reporters are in san bernardino. they will start our coverage tonight on nbc bay area news at 6:00. before we leave, we want to take one last look at the system that's moving through the bay area. >> yeah. we'll give you a quick look. see the doppler radar is still
active. we're going to be tracking that at 6:00 p.m. and let you know about another storm system for the weekend. >> now back to san bernardino and lester holt. breaking news tonight, growing indications of terrorism. what we just learned about the heavily-armed attackers in san bernadino. a husband and wife team seemingly living the american dream, but just beneath the surface, he apparently was radicalized, communicating with jihadist sympathizers inside the u.s. and overseas. tonight, a vicious rampage authorities say could have been even worse. a massive cache of weapons found, remote-controlled bombs left to explode. survivors recounting the horror as a co-worker disappeared, suddenly returning to massacre them. the question so many are requesting, how do we stop home grown terror, amid all the concern overseas, new fears about those radicalized flying under the radar and already here. "nightly news" begins right now.